UAE minister calls on global leaders to unleash potential of food systems in fight against climate change
Dubai [UAE], November 21 (ANI/WAM): Today, Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment and COP28 Food Systems Lead, addressed the Global Food Security Summit in London, where she called on global leaders to find the will to work collectively and creatively to unleash the potential of food systems in the fight against climate change.
The Declaration commits nations to putting climate action at the heart of their food systems by aligning their national food systems and agricultural strategies with their Nationally Determined Contributions, National Adaptation Plans and National Biodiversity Strategies.
Almheiri said: "What we are seeing unfold around the global is a devastating cycle of escalating climate threats that can be avoided, but only if we show the resolve to make a difference and walk the talk".
"I am delighted that the United Kingdom supporting Emirates Declaration on Resilient Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, and Climate Action. It is only through collective action can we make a substantial change and protect our planet and people".
She outlined through its COP28 Food Systems and Agriculture Agenda the UAE will elevate the food systems debate and "place it at the very heart of the Presidential Action Agenda".
The minister stressed: "Our goal is to highlight the severe pressure and risks that climate change puts on food, agricultural and water systems, which are pivotal to human well-being. At the dedicated day to food, agriculture, and water at COP28, we will reiterate both the challenge and the opportunity presented by food systems and their interactions with our precious planet."
The minister detailed the key milestones in UAE's climate journey to date such as the Cabinet's recent approval of the Net Zero 2050 Strategy that outlines mechanisms to achieve zero emissions in the UAE across all core sectors, including agriculture, as well as the UAE's Third Update to its Second Nationally Determined Contribution, the third in three years.
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